Gov. Rick Perry recently named Premont native Trisha Pollard to the Board of Regents for the Texas State University System.

The major universities in this system are Texas State University in San Marcos, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Lamar University in Beaumont and Sul Ross State University.

She is a 1971 graduate of Premont High School.

Pollard is Vice President of Pollard Development, L.P. and resides in Bellaire.

She was appointed by Gov. Perry to a three-year term as a Public Member of the Texas One-Call Board in 2003. She has served as a Director of the SHSU Alumni Association, as Foreman of the Harris County Grand Jury for three terms and as Chairman, Building & Standards Commission for the City of Bellaire.

During Pollard's career in the natural gas industry, she was Assistant General Counsel at Kinder Morgan, Inc.; Vice President - Legal & Human Resources at PennUnion Energy Services; and Attorney at Transco Gas Marketing Company, after working as Manager, Gas Purchases and in other business positions at Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation.

She is a Presbyterian Elder and is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Houston. She also serves on Houston Bar Association committees, was Chair of the Oil and Gas Section of the HBA, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Pollard received her BBA from Sam Houston State University, and her JD from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Her father, Bill Speers, still lives in Premont.